Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 in Review

Since I started this blog back in '08 I've never gone back and looked over the previous year.  I think it's high time that I start that tradition.  It will be an easy reference point for Ryan & I to remember some highlights from years past.  So here we go!

2011 kind of got off to a sad start with the passing of Ryan's grandmother, Georgia.  The good that came from that was the whole family getting together to honor her memory.  I will always remember the joy everyone had watching all the cousin's sing their childhood song.

Oh man, I remember how bad our weather was last winter.  We had so much snow and ice it was awful driving to and from work.  But we still managed to make it fun.  This was a picture of our little trip to Snow Creek to go tubing down the snow with my family.

We had so much fun this month traveling to Mexico with our good friends Brad, Lindsey & Kelsey.  It was the first time we had been to Puerto Vallarta and it's a trip we will not soon forget.

This month I started taking a photography class with my mother-in-law, Susan.  It was such a neat experience to explore Kansas City and take some unique pictures.  I had a blast with Susan and picked up a few more photography tips.  I still have pictures from that class that I still haven't posted.  Ooops!

In May, Ryan & I celebrated our 5 year anniversary in Chicago.  We both had been there in the past but not together.  Our friends Brad & Lindsey happened to be there the same weekend too which made it even more fun.

In June, our good friend's (Lindsey) show aired on ABC, Expedition Impossible.  That was such crazy experience to watch your friends compete against 12 other teams in Morocco! 

It has become a tradition now to spend the 4th of July in Ryan's home town.  It is so fun to get the family together on the farm for good food and LOTS of fireworks.  No city limits to have to worry about.  ;)

August was a big month!  I had been playing in a women's golf league with my family, joined in on our family's annual golf tournament with Kara, Ryan & Harlan and I turned 28.  It was also probably the hardest time in my life.

September slowed down for us a little bit, and we were able to join Susan & Sally in St. Louis at one of their art fairs.  I did not realize how much work it was to have a booth in an art fair.  Oh. My. Goodness.

This was probably my favorite month of the year.  Sean & Emily were married in Zion Nation Park, the fam spent time beforehand in Vegas and Ryan turned 29 (last year in his twenties!).  I LOVE going on family trips together, and sharing in Sean & Emily's big day made it that much more memorable.


We held Thanksgiving dinner at our home again this year, and it was the first time that Ryan & I made almost the entire dinner ourselves!  It was quite the experience and we loved it.  We were sad that Sean wasn't able to make it due to starting his new job that week.

Ryan & I both agree that this Christmas was our favorite so far.  All the family was together in Ryan's home town  (including Papa & my mom!), it was low key, great food and fun times had by all.

We are gearing up for another full year ahead of us, and we are excited to see what this year has in store.  I'm not one to make resolutions but all the blog posts I've been reading has got me thinking about it more.  This coming year, I've decided to make more of an effort to live in the now.  I need to stop looking forward so much and just enjoy today.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  You never know when your life can change in an instant.  I am so blessed and need to learn to let go of certain things I've been clinging to.  I'm ready to start this year fresh with less pressure on myself.  I want to live life to the fullest and glorify God in everything that I do.  I'm excited to see what God has planed for Ryan & I.  You never know what He is up to.  :)


  1. Sounds like you had a year full of wonderful trips with family and friends. I know this will be an even better year for you though! :)

  2. What a beautiful year! I know it had its ups and downs for you guys but I love your resolution to live in the now. I'm the opposite because I tend to focus on the past too much and not the present. I hope 2012 is a great year for you guys!

  3. Great wrap up! Glad we could see you this fall and looking forward to 2012!

  4. "You never know what he is up to..." hehe, that is SO true! Hope you have a year full of more blessings than you can imagine! Loved reading your '11 recap. What fun!

  5. How awesome! I enjoyed remembering your year with you! I'm too "lazy" to do a post like this. I'm excited about what God has in store for you!


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